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EU states balk at costs of extra water pollution controls

EU member states have raised financial concerns over EU proposals to expand the list of pesticides covered by water pollution controls. Discussions have revealed their reluctance to take on any additional monitoring costs in the current economic climate. The European Commission issued the proposals in February as part of a review required under the EU water framework Directive (2000/60 – Agrow No 633, p 10). The Danish EU Presidency presented a “state of play” document to EU Environment Ministers in June, which outlined several issues that need to be resolved.

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